"Miller and Gosa have produced a deeply satisfying album that readers interested in the story of Irish-American immigration in song will consider an absolute must-have. While its historical depth grounds their work and is to be reveled in, it’s the scintillating music that completes the package – the whole thing is an absolute thumbs up."- Dan Neely, The Irish Echo
Over a million people emigrated from Ireland to North America during the famine years of the mid-1800s. Their influence on the culture of American cities like Chicago, Boston and St. Paul is well-known. But what about the tens of thousands of Irish who made their way in the rural parts of 19th century North America? Many settled in the forests of New England and eastern Canada in the midst of a booming lumber industry. Irishmen went to work, alongside men of other ethnic backgrounds, in lumber camps where their rich stores of traditional songs and dance tunes were valued as bunkhouse entertainment. By the time the lumber boom had moved westward into the Great Lakes region, Irish musical styles had come to dominate a new tradition of northwoods music. Northern Minnesota-native Brian Miller and Wisconsinite Randy Gosa will celebrate the release of their new CD of this music, “The Falling of the Pine".
Brian Miller and Randy Gosa have been featured on Minnesota Public Radio and on TPT TV’s Minnesota Original and they have toured nationally to festivals including The University of Chicago Folk Fest, Milwaukee Irish Fest and the Arizona Highland Celtic Fest.
This CD was made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.